Governor Hutchinson Pledges To Cut Waiting List For Disabled In Half

Mar 30, 2016

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks Wednesday to the Medicaid Advisory Council, surrounded by new Department of Human Services Director Cindy Gillespie and Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the savings he's projecting from his proposal to shift some Medicaid services to private firms will cut the state's waiting list for developmentally disabled in half.

Hutchinson on Wednesday defended his plan to keep next week's special session agenda limited to his managed care and hybrid Medicaid expansion proposals. The Republican governor is urging lawmakers to keep and rework the hybrid expansion, which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.

Hutchinson has said the agenda won't include a competing proposal from managed care opponents.

Hutchinson pledged to use half the premium taxes collected from the managed care plans to cut in half the waiting list for community and home based services for the developmentally disabled over the next three years.